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>> barton admits that gun reform might not have been enough to prevent the newtown tragedy but says there should be a balance between our second amendment right as well as public safety. >> and in a moment, our other big headline. a major loss on capitol hill. >> and sending heartfelt christmas greetings to newtown families struggling over the holidays. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >>> welcome back, everybody. we're going to move to other news. daniel inouye is being remembered from washington to his home state of hawaii. he was a world war ii medal of honor winner who lost an arm to a german hand grenade in italy. he became the first japanese american in congress and served 50 years in the u.s. senate. his death was announced by harry reid. >> the kindness that he has shown me for me time here in the senate has been something i will cherish always. a man who has lived and breathed the senate. he was that patriot. >> very kind words. president obama also a native of hawaii tweeted aloha yesterday. he died yesterday at 88 years old. >>> there is progress in talks on the fisc
to take air force one over to newtown, connecticut to take part in a vigil tonight. he'll be meeting with first responders, he'll also be meeting with family members of some of the survivors there. as you can see president obama making his way to air force one. kristen well welker who's standing by to travel with the president. what can we expect to hear from president obama tonight? >> reporter: as you mentioned, president obama is going to start off by meeting with the folks who were most affected by this tragedy as he arrives in newtown, connecticut. he'll be speaking with family members and first responders here at newtown high school. he said his comment also focus on the victims, on the lives lost. this is becoming an all too familiar path for this president. this will be the fourth time he will have spoken to a community that is reeling in the wake of a gun massacre. just this summer, he went to a aurora, colorado in the wake of the shooting there. last year, it was tucson, arizona, in 2009, it was ft. hood, texas. too many lives lost in all of these incidents, of course what
axelrod. an unbearable six-day stretch of funerals for the victims of the newtown shooting wrapped up today with the last three. mourners at the funeral of josephine gay wore purple, the seven year olds favorite color. a horse-drawn coach carried the casket of six-year-old ana marquez-greene, remembered as a girl who never walked from room to room; she danced. six-year-old emilie parker was buried in utah, remembered for the markers and paper emilie always had with her because, as she would say, "i have so many ideas of things to draw, it's hard to remember them all." newtown's police chief is talking publicly about the shooting for the first time. the chief and his captain sat down with elaine quijano this morning, who joins us now. good evening, elaine. >> reporter: good evening to you, jim. well, police chief michael kehoe and captain joe rios arrived at sandy hook elementary within minutes of the call. >> we needed to break into the school to get in because the back doors are secured. >> reporter: how did you get it open? >> broke out the window. >> reporter: it was quiet, and the
of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >> all across this land of ours we have wept with you. we've pulled our children tight. >> today funerals will be held for two of the children that died in the shooting as their community continues to search for answers. one of the teachers at sandy hook described the difficulties in moving forward in the wake of a tragedy. >> it seems as though the expression i'll take this one day at a time it becomes i'll take this one minute at a time. >> across the country americans who had never before heard of newtown, connecticut, are grieving for those who are lost. yesterday american sports heroes made the town their own. the new york giants wore the school's initials on their helmets. the new england patriots sent up 26 flares to honor the victims, and the players on the miami heat hugged their own children during a moment of silence. after tucson, fort hood, aurora, and oak creek, it is newtown that may end up being the inflexion point for measurable change. president obama suggested as much last night. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must e
imagine in newtown, it doesn't feel anything like christmas should feel. just horribly sad. we'll bring you the latest coming up in a second. >>> also this morning, the people who are insisting that the end of the world is happening today, all this talk about the end of the mayan calendar has some people doing some rather drastic things. >> so far so good. we're looking all right. >> we're here. >> we'll see what the rest of the day brings. it's been fun in case we're not here later. >>> and later, if there is a later, simon cowell has a brand new reality of his own. something is going on behind the scenes and it involves someone very special. you will not believe who simon cowell is dating. i'm a little jealous. i didn't think simon had that kind of game. >> it is surprising. >> apparently he does. he does have that money. that's true. >>> we begin with killer blizzard slamming the midwest, turning roads into danger zones. >> a foot of snow fell on des moines, 20 inches in madison, shutting down that city. and this morning, the storm is now moving east. warnings and watches are posted
, live from newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. savannah guthrie is in newtown, connecticut. the president's remarks at that vigil last night were moving, powerful. they were spoken, of course, not only as the nation's leader but also, savannah, from a heartbroken parent's point of vi view. >> no question about that. there were loud, audible sobs as the president read through the names of those who had fallen. the president wrote these remarks himself and i can tell you it contained a more forceful call to action than even some close aides had expected. before that he met privately with first responders and families of victims. the daughter of sandy hook principal, dawn hochsprung, tweeted these pictures of the president holding her daughter, and said mom would be so proud but not as proud as i am of her. >> savannah, classes are set to resume wednesday for the students of sandy hook, but they'll be held at a school in a neighboring town for the foreseeable future as you might expect. the investigation into
in politics, where emotion will pull the logic train. the emotion of what happened in newtown, connecticut, the emotion contained in a week of funerals, we're at the front of a church or synagogue or a mosque, you're going to be very small -- there are going to be very small caskets. t.j., if we still have the picture of jack pinto buried yesterday in newtown, connecticut, buried in his little league uniform, that right there is what is going to change the dialogue for this. people carry around for years pictures of their children in little league uniforms, hockey uniforms, first and second grade school picture. that's the picture, the emotion that will pull this thing. >> if it doesn't, there's a serious problem. i understand the president does -- has a lot to do, when it comes to making sure that our economy doesn't fall off the cliff. there are tens of millions of working americans that know that the fiscal cliff situation needs to be addressed. isn't human nature funny, though, how we need to get moving on this? >> those critical issues you just mentioned, they seem so insignificant. >
on the ground in newtown, but that there is -- that i think for folks who have wanted to see reform on our nation's gun laws, that this could be an inflexion point. does the mayor share that feeling? >> he hopes so. you know, i may be alone in this, but i am just no longer comforted by comforting words. i feel like as the governor said, you know, we've become very good at doing these memorials after these events and then nothing happens substantively to change the underlying dynamic and the underlying problem, so i'm almost, frankly, a little suspicious of comforting words. comforting words are not nearly muff, and we need action and we need presidential action, presidential leadership. we need congressional action and congressional leadership. mike bloomberg is the head of an organization. mayors all over the country, more than 500. he spent $10 million in the last election to defeat people who had nra support. there are a lot of people in this country who know that it's time for a change. we need to hear all of those voices, and we need leadership in congress and from the white house to
after newtown, lapierre called for armed police in every school and a national mental health registry. that's right. register people who have mental health problems but no registry for gun buyers and owners. let's bring in mike who is in washington. >> reporter: the feeling is the nra may have helped its cause and the nra may have helped its fundraising cause. nra may have fired up its base. but the nra did nothing to help its cause here on capitol hill. quite the opposite. what we've heard from lawmakers today in the wake of that wasn't even a press conference he didn't take questions. in the wake of that statement that wayne lapierre made was that the impetus now -- they almost have fresh momentum. we heard diane feinstein one of the principal authors of gun legislation that has new life now. she says it doesn't matter how long it takes it may take a year, two years, three years, the conventional wisdom is after the horror from newtown dies down somewhat, after the outrage and anger has subside, congress doesn't get down to case until february after the inauguration, after the state
reduce the carnage in a situation like newtown? >> i don't believe that's going to make one difference. >> it's not known whether that magazine was an authentic clip or just a prop. possessing a large capacity magazine is illegal in the district of columbia. police are investigating. nbc not commenting. >>> guess what it's boxing in the uk, canada and several other country and shoppers are mobbing the stores. these are the crowds in london. the 26th of december is like black friday here in the united states. analysts expect 4 million british shopper also spend nearly $5 billion today, back here at home, it will be a similar scene today as people head to return those unwanted gifts and jump on big post holiday sales and we do mean big. check out this deal from best buy, a 32 inch tv for under $200. those are the kinds of deals we're seeing at major retailers. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. tell us more. >> it's like having a flashback to black friday. the deals, everybody killing each other just to get the deals but if you're a retailer you take a big hit on a day like
: this heartbreaking season continues in newtown. this season of funerals. as the country struggles to make sense of the horror, there's a voice you should hear. >> i know what it's like. it's the worst day of their life. it's chaotic. it's hopeless. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: colin knows what it's like to be in a classroom when an armed madman bursts in and starts shooting people. colin was a student at virginia tech. >> it was the most terrifying nine and a half minutes of my entire life. >> reporter: he was hit by four bullets. three of them are still in him. weeks after the shooting, he recalled those moments. >> the shooter came inside, and we were all on the ground, not moving, not making a scene at all. just lying there, acting -- playing dead, almost every one of us. yeah, it's been a little messy. >> reporter: colin's journey of recovery from that moment lying on the classroom floor bleeding to now, the rehab, the psychological therapy, the search for answers and meaning it's all led him to this. >> we are better than this. we are better than a nation with mass shootings in movie th
. hundreds of educators attend a free gun class in utah. it's the latest response to the newtown school massacre that's attracting a lot of attention this morning. >>> thousands of dockworkers could put the u.s. economy at risk if they go on strike on sunday. we'll take you inside the crisis some are calling the container cliff. >>> and sea world taking its water act all the way to wall street. why investors could soon own a peace of shamu. "newsroom" starts right now. good morning. i'm victor blackwell. carol has the morning off. with the nation still reeling from the shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago suffered a grim milestone last night, a man was killed in a shooting on chicago's dangerous west side. this scene marks chicago's 500th homicide this year alone. that's up more than 50 from last year. now when we're researching this story this morning, one statistic really jumped out at us. in the past five years, 270 children have been killed by gun violence in chicago. on top of that, there have been dozens of other peopl
that vice president biden will spearhead his administration's response to the newtown shooting. the president is not expected to go into detail on policy decisions. the national rifle association has broken it's silence issuing a statement that reads in part this. the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. that's significant. >> can i stop for a second there? if progressives, if moderates, if conservatives that are concerned about these magazine clips and assault weapons, if they want to feel self-righteous and scream and yell, they can do it and we won't get a deal. this is like the fiscal cliff. in the end it's like in "lincoln" with the 13th amendment. if the nra comes out and says something like that, instead of everybody going, now that blood's on your hands, you know what? guess what? feel self-righteous. you can save lives, or you can feel self-righteous. beat your chest like jim and tammy faye bakker if that's how you sleep at night. if that gets you through the night, go ahead. i tell you what, the art of politics,
of the newtown school shooting. there was a stirring scene last night. the word hope, spelled out with candles, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-year-old daniel barden, who wanted to be one of them when he grew up. today, vice president joe biden will begin meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss how to prevent another tragedy like newtown. we're going to have more on those talks coming up in just a moment. >>> and new concerns about marijuana and prescription drug use among teens this morning. a new survey finds 23% of high school seniors now admit smoking pot in the last month alone. 7% say they smoke it every day. and 1 in 12 teens now admits to using the stimulant adderall, which treats attention deficit disorder. a significant increase from just three years ago. >>> and finally, a $500 million mystery this morning after a whole lot more than a prayer was left at jerusalem's holiest of sites. a visitor at the famed western wall found an envelope, you guys. it
regulations in light of the newtown school shooting. >> we're just getting started on news4 today. it's happened again. police begin a second search for the person who pushed someone off a new york city subway platform. >>> the 12 and 13-year-olds facing charges in a brazen crime in northern virginia. >>> more winter weather rolling in for the weekend. the >>> all right. grab the skis, the snowboard, it's time to hit the slopes again. the winter storm and cold temperatures helping ski resorts to open this weekend. white tail resort in pennsylvania opens for the season this morning. for now, they'll have four slopes operating, two other nearby resort, round top and liberty, open tomorrow. wisp in western maryland is open with eight runs available. >> i'm ready. we're ready to see snow. >> are you a snow person, a ski person? >> i'm not a ski person. i'm from texas. why would i be a ski person? how on earth would that be possible? no, i'm not. as a matter of fact, my mother came in from texas and will be with me for a couple of weeks. i'm hoping she'll see snow. v.j., possible? >> she w
to prevent against massacres like the one in newtown. what folks across the country are doing to ensure a more peaceful holiday for those families in connecticut. that's still ahead on "the fox report." [ both ] people loved our wedding slide show. that is the end... of carousel one. ...of carousel one. there's carousel two! all right! [ male announcer ] when you combine creamy velveeta with zesty rotel tomatoes and green chiles, you'll get a bowl of queso that makes even this get-together better. neural speeds increasing to 4g lte. brain upgrading to a quad-core processor. predictive intelligence with google now complete. introducing droid dna by htc. it's not an upgrade to your phone. it's an upgrade to yourself. >> jamie: the national rifle association again insisting that gun regulation also not make children any safer. the organization broke silence about massacre at a school in newtown connecticut that left 26 women and children dead. executive blaming violence on influences including video games, music videos, movies and even the media even suggesting that armed officers be in ev
around the country in the wake of the newtown massacre. more than 2,000 weapons were turned in los angeles this week. but look at this. not just one, but two rocket launchers ended up in the pile. los angeles county sheriffs says it's incredible to know such fire power was even out on the streets. >> it looked like we were in a third world nation when you seize all these weapons from individuals. and the question you have to ask is why. >> new albany, kentucky held its first gun buyback this weekend. police say it was a success with 250 guns turned in. hundreds of people stood in line to get some cash. the goal was to collect handguns and assault rifles. and in bridgeport, connecticut, a ground swell of gun owners supported the buyback. cnn's david arrest owes at that looks at how the shooting rampage is prompting people to say goodbye to their weapons. >> reporter: william porter says he is done with guns. the elementary school shooting in nearby newtown, connecticut struck a nerve. >> my wife cried. we were out shopping. and we heard it while we were in the store. and she cried.
this morning regarding the n.r.a.'s response to the newtown shootings. first up leslie from wash burn, maine. leslie, go ahead. caller: yes. i'm originally from northern maine and moved here from northern new york and i personally had a second-grade and third-grade teacher killed from mentally unstable students. one used a knife and one beat a teacher. i personally believe this is a mental health problem and everybody knew they had problems. until they take care of the mental health problem, you're going to continue to have deaths. host: so you say you're in support of having armed guards in schools around the country? >> yes, i am. caller: i'm a 23-year army veteran and i've hunted and fished all my life. host: there were reports that there was an affirmed guard at columbine and that didn't seem to deter those boys from doing -- causing the mayhem that they had. caller: that was a large campus at columbine, and you've got to have gareds at the gate and if you have a huge place, you need more than one guard. i've been in combat in the army. host: where were you? thank you for your service. c
for them and their parents -- my heart breaks for them and their parents and the people of newtown. i looked at the picture of little caroline previdi, one of the 6-year-old children who died. i'm sure she was a happy child, full of life's potential, just like my own little caroline who just turned 7 a few days ago. what can you say? it's unthinkable that a person would kill innocent little children with such cravenness and violence. these children's christmas presents are still under the tree. their moms and dads are still looking at them. in this town, will we pride ourselves on rhetorical flourish , precision of thought and volume of words, what can you say? what can you do? other than stand in solidarity, in spirit with the grieving families and perhaps, just perhaps hug those that you love a little bit tighter. now, madam speaker, the sandy hook elementary school tragedy is sparking a national debate about how and why this happened and how it might have been prevented. that debate is understandable and needs to happen. in the coming weeks, congress will be called on to react. que
with barbra streisand took place before the shooting in newtown. miss streisand offered her condolences to the victims. "a horrible tragedy in newtown, connecticut, has brought to the forefront a long overdue national conversation with regard to gun control and mental health services in our country. i hope the story of sandy hook elementary finally catalyzes the nation and our leaders to do something substantive regarding gun control and access to mental health care services to those who desperately need it." we'll be right back. ally bank. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can eve
in newtown, connecticut are paying tribute to sandy hock's victims. a kindl is being lit for each children and 6 adults and volunteers are being asked to take half-hour gifts to make sure candles keep burning. one mother said, quote, it's all about the kids and the families and newtown police officers who have began through so much have received an entire gift. the whole force got the day off thanks to officers from other communities filling in for them. >> the pope's message. make room for god. he said the faster we could move, the more efficient or time-saying appliances become, the less time we have. he also said we're so full of ourselves we don't make room for each other and he called for peace in the middle east and the end to the violence in tieria. thousands celebrated christmas in the same place this we believe josephus was born. >>> hollywood is mourning the death of jack klugman this morning the versatile actor was loved by millions of tv viewers. younger fans probably remember him as a crime-fighting coroner in the hit tv show "quincy." he'll probably be best remembered for his
hearts and prayers --all of our hearts and prayers are with the families in newtown, connecticut, grieving the loss of their children and loved ones. we remain committed to try to minimize the impact on hard-working families and small businesses in this country as far as tax increases are concerned. we look to find the answer on the spending issue here in washington. the president has not come to or he needs to be in order for us to push through a bill that begins to address the problem. we are now discussing an alternative plan. thank you. >> we have been trying to make sure we didn't go off this fiscal cliff. at the same time, put america on a different path. the speaker felt maybe he was negotiating with himself after plan after plan and the president stayed silent. we heard nothing but silence. today we have to go to plan b. we want to make sure we do not call off the cliff and that we keep an economy where jobs can be created. we have to remember where we are in the situation. we are two months into a new fiscal year. we are $292 billion in debt. revenues are up by 10%, $30
, sadden and heartbroken by the murders in newtown and says it has been laying low out of respect for the families. and as a matter of common decency. the gun lobby is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to make sure this kind of tragedy doesn't happen again. we don't know yet what that means. we're back with more steph after the break. stay with us. jennifer >>>> it's these "talking points" that the right have about "the heavy hand of government". i want to have that conversation. really! you know, i'd like to arm our viewers with the ability to argue with their conservative uncle joe over the dinner table. [ singing christmas carols in background ] aunt sally's singing again. it's a tradition honey. [ singing christmas carols ] mmmm. [ female announcer ] make new traditions with pillsbury grands! cinnamon rolls. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] holiday cookies are a big job. everything has to be just right. perfection is in the details. ♪ ♪ get to holiday fun faster with pillsbury cookie dough. >> she gets the comedians
of the newtown school shooting victims has been laid to rest. hour earns attended services for three children. eight days after the gunman killed 26 women and children. since then, more than $2.6 million worth of condolences have poured into the official memorial fund. >> heather: gun control debate heating up in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, national rifle association bribing go silence yesterday. critics slamming for suggesting them that armed police officers should be placed in every school in america. rick levanthol has a fair and balanced look at the argument. >> a number of viewers bill clinton made a similar proposal back in april of 2000 one year after the columbine shootings. pop warner football pledged $60 million in a fifth refund of founding for the is cops and schools in program placing hundreds of police officers in hundreds of public school when the assault weapon ban was in place 12 years ago. it hasn't stopped critics slamming the nra calling the group's leader a gun nut and politicians divided along party lines with the thought of more guns in schools. >> i do
and the parents beamed as we raised money for charity. >> mad man slashed the face of evil newtown. 26 lives snuffed out including 20, six and seven-year-old children. i asked what could i do to help them i told the produce everies i need to go there they said peter, fleece go. >> my father arrived in newtown as the subject rose. the sky was streaked with red i asked myself whether the clouds like the grieving mothers and fathers of newtown had also spent the night crying my father looked up at the skies and too wondered aloud how could the skies be so bright on such a dark day. we went to the church where parishioners weeped and lit candles in memo rift innocence lost. >> later that morning i watched my father interview monday senior weis. he described how he broken the news of the death of one girl to her brother. we heard how another boy lamented i don't want to die i just want to have christmas. my father noted that worshipers would march around in the church to a live nativity scene as the deacon announced there was a star over the stable. the monday senior vowed we are not just going t
. . >>> since the newtown massacre teachers across the country have been asking themselves what would i do? gun advocates in salt lake city tried to help teachers there answer that question with free gun training and self-defense classes during holiday break. here is alex cabraro. >> reporter: steven pratt has never had a gun permit, lately he's wanted one. >> with the recent tragedy in connecticut, i realized it's time for me to act on that. >> reporter: pratt is a third grade teacher. his students are about the same age as those who died in connecticut. >> i just worried a little bit, what would i do as a teacher? how would i protect myself if fired upon? >> reporter: is not the only one asking those questions. hundreds of teachers, administrators, janitors, anyone involved in a school came to the maverick center in west valley. this class called the mass violence response training class was designed to teach them to fight back. >> i think it's important to have protection. >> reporter: the class wasn't just about guns and protecting yourself with a gun. but guns were a big part of it. >> peo
to satisfactory. it is a long step of healing for the people in newtown, connecticut. all of the flowers and letters and photoin new ton will be soil and blocks to be used in a foundation of a future memorial. it was senator daniel inouyhe's last wish. for colleen handbusa to be. >> i made the appointment for the state of schatz is flying to washington with president obama he is expected to be sworn in later. those are the headlines for you. >> clayton: we'll talk the scal cliff. today is the twenth. a few days left for congress and the president to get their act together. the president took a red eye flight back from hawaii. why did congress and the president go on raication at all. >> yeah, we all go to work. >> there is nothing on the table . kelley. >> a lot of people feel they are left in the lurch by the president and congress. and they didn't get the job done . here's what we are facing. we are teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff. there are many members in congress who disaagree raising of tax. the president had gone up to $400,000 when house speaker boehner would raise the
in the entire state of arizona. what kind of personal reaction did you have to newtown that spurred the action that you are now taking especially with having the past experience. >> i think that newtown overwhelmingly upseting to everybody that saw it. it is the most terrible thing imaginable and we can't do nothing in response. we shouldn't do something that causes more trouble than it cures . we can't do nothing. the best way and the middle way and the way to help solve the problem without creating new problems is train one person in the school and hoe's highly train that person could have a gun locked up and available for use to stop somebody who is doing bad things. >> kelly: tom horne in utah and kansas you can carry a weapon on the school if you have a permit. thank you tom horne, good day to you, sir . we'll follow that story. pushing parents . this girl got a restraining order against mom and dad because they wouldn't leave her alone at school . the epa chief resigned and the reason may be a cover up. stewart varney will weigh in and happy birthday to my good friend. we don't get to se
elementary school shooting exactly one week ago today. abc's linsey davis shows us what people in newtown, connecticut, and across the country are doing to pay tribute. >> reporter: here in newtown and beyond, a moment of silence and tolling of bells at 9:30 this morning at houses of worship across the country. bells rang 26 times, honoring the memories of 20 children and 6 women. from the president, a message to immediately address introduce laws on gun control. >> i want to take a minute to respond and let you know, we hear you. >> reporter: and for the first time since the tragedy, we'll hear from the national rifle association this morning, in a news conference that's been billed as a promise to be, quote, meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again. it's a discussion that abc's cynthia mcfadden had with new york city mayor, michael bloomberg, on "nightline." >> you hold them responsible? >> well, i hold you and me responsible. i said that we didn't pay attention to what our legislators were doing. they, as well. but i don't absolve you or me. all of us. >> reporter
tragedy at newtown, connecticut and the picture, the first grade picture has been released and just drives home the incredible loss and tragedy. this was one classroom and now the name, vicky soto's class, the 27-year-old teacher who had the zest for life who was killed. and many cite her as a hero and half of the class was saved and the story goes, we don't know, this is reported by six and seven year olds and the story was vague, she apparently hid them all in a closet and when she was killed, when she confronted the gunman and told them that she had sent them to the auditorium, she was killed and when some of the kids heard the gunshots, they ran out and they were killed. >> clayton: and olivia engel, apparently this photo was released by olivia's mother and appeared in the new york post this morning and as we continue to talk about what unfolded that day and of course, you look at the horrible images and many people were reminded what happened and unfolded in columbine, of course. then on friday, this was exacerbated this discussion about gun control and whether or not there should be
of the newtown school shootings. he's called on 300 armed volunteers to hang outside schools. it's in line with what the nra said they hope will happen nationwide. if hearing the word posse conjures up the images of the old wild west. consider this, some districts want to see armed teachers in every school, as well. chairman of the utah shooting sport council just helped train some 200 teachers in handling concealed weapons and joins me live now from salt lake city. clark, good to see you, sir. >> thank you very much. good to be her. >> the idea of arming teachers, the head of the american teachers federation calls the idea, quote, irresponsible and dangerous. how do you make sure that an amateur gun user like most teachers would be, that they're able to handle guns safely in any circumstance? >> make no mistake, we're not talking about these folks doing tactical things inside a school against the shooter. we're encouraging them to institute the normal lockdown procedure which falls short when the shooter comes and crosses that threshold of a classroom. it doesn't take a lot of tactical tr
. >> thank you. >>> ahead on "starting point." two weeks from the horrific shootings in newtown, connecticut. now some teachers getting on board with the idea of getting armed. dozens of people trained to shoot. the man who taught it and one of the teacher who's took it coming up. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ thank you. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. ♪ ♪ i need you by my side >> 24 minutes after the hour. soul singer fontella bass has died best known for "rescue me." the song sure had legs it was rerecorded by cher, pat beena tar. and more. she died wednesday night of complications of a heart attack she suffered three weeks ago. 7 yea2 years old. >>> deteriorating security in the central african republic has forced the u.s. state department to temporarily su
a right to know about gun ownership after the newtown massacre. >>> a woman has been reunited with her two sons thanks to a cnn viewer. the viewer called police saturday after seeing the coverage about the missing brothers. they were found in austin, texas. their dad now in custody facing a felony charge of interstate interference with custody, and the mom says he failed to return them as planned on wednesday. >>> and the new year going to bring in a pay raise for nearly 1 million minimum wage workers in ten different states. workers in rhode island, they're going to see the biggest bump in pay, about $510 a year. but if congress does not work out a fiscal cliff deal, those workers will not notice much of a difference in paychecks because of higher taxes. >>> and milk might be good for your bones soon mighting bad for your bank account. congress has until tomorrow to vote on a mutual agreement to extend the farm bill by one year, or you could see milk prices double. it's not even certain the vote is going to happen yet, but people already calling the situation the dairy cliff. the secretar
and the parents beamed as we raised funds >> on the day before the friday, a mad man slashed his evil in newtown. 26 lives were snuffed out. i asked myself, what could i do to help them ? i told the producers i needed to go there, and they said, peter, please go. >> the next morning my father and i arrived in newtown as the sun rows. the sky was streaked with red and i asked myself whether the clouds spent the night crying. my father wondered how can the skies be so bright on such a dark day. we went to the church where parishioners weeped and we lit candles in memory of the innocents lost. later that morning i watched my father interview the pastor of the church. he described how he had broken the news of the death of one girl to her brother. we heard another boy say, i don't want to die, jest want to have christmas. my father noted that worshipers were watching a live nativity scene. the monsignor said we're not going to be looking for one, we're going to be looking for 20 new stars. the hope of christmas would not be sting ired >> astood in the cold connecticut air, touched with the souls of
: the parents of a young survivor in the tragic newtown shooting are suing for $100 million but their attorney says this is not about the money. it's about preventing similar tragedies from ever happening in the future. >> i'm saying for a fact that the state didn't do enough to provide for their safety. the state of connecticut and other states too are failing to protect the children from guns. gregg: major headlines in the fight over the fiscal cliff as the number two republican in the senate moments ago said there could potentially be a bill ready for the floor, but after lawmakers turned down several different plans to avoid potential tax hikes for every american what do we know about this possible bill? not much, and may be more importantly if it passes, what does it mean for your wallet on january 1st, that is if we fall off the cliff. matt mccall is president of penn financial group llc. the irs is today notifying employers on how much they will have to withhold from their employees' checks. let's go through each and every one of these tax increases if there is no deal, and we dive off
thinking -- would newtown be one of them? >> newtown would certainly be one of them. i think we're going to -- many people are calling this rock bottom. it's making us really take a look at if our laws really are preserving our freedoms or taking away our freedoms, our freedom to be safe on the streets. and so that's the way people are starting to challenge the ideology. but look at penn state and the tragedy and the conviction of jerry sandusky. i think already people are understanding how sexual abuse in children can be very, very damaging and they're taking greater lengths to protect children. also, all the various uprisings in the middle east from egypt to the tragedy still going on in syria, i think we're at a new place in the middle east where we have a younger generation that's using a new tool in the environment, technology -- during egypt's uprising, for instance, i was getting tweets and facebook posts from people. so i can imagine you being a cnn employee, trying to get to the american media to spread the word. so i think that the path we're on now, while it's still bloody and
to string of deadly shootings we've been covering like that one and newtown, connecticut, and aurora, colorado. a new york newspaper is facing a fierce backlash. look at this. this interactive map on the website. if you click on dots it gives you names and addresses of registered pistol permit holders. those who have guns legally, we should point out. david lee miller has the story from our new york city newsroom. hi, david lee. >> reporter: hi, jamie. all readers have to do is click on a colored dot on the interactive map published by "the journal news" and people can see names and addresses of people who have permit for the gun. the gun owner next store, what you don't know about weapons in your neighborhood. in a follow-up article the paper says, thousands of people reacted in rage. callers complained their privacy was being violated and personal safety was put at risk. the newspaper says it legally obtained the information after making freedom of information request in rock lan and westchester, two counties just outside of new york city. the paper is waiting for nearby putnam cou
the information. quote the massacre in newtown remains at the top for many of the readers. our website as hapb keenly focused on gun control. this is not the first time the paper has published information about gun permits. it did so back in 2006. said reaction this time was much greater due do the popularity of social media. the paper is owned by ganette it has been struggling economically. it eliminated last year 12 oeupb 5% of its staff. they say resources were being preserve used to proceed serve relevant contact. they are posting online personal information of the executives of the newspaper. the paper said he owns a smith and west on 357 magnum. gregg: i'm going to be interested to see if my name is on the list since i live there. folks there think that the newspaper is run by idiots and morons, and this may have proved them correct i don't know. we'll see. david lee miller, thanks very much. heather: well, there is that. gregg: yes, there is that. you know what they are trying to do, they are trying to sigma ty people and it's very mean spirit towed do it especially right now. heather:
told the reporter rifles similar to the one used in newtown were expected to double in price in the next 90 days. i just finished reading that article. pretty unbelievable. >>> a democratic president at a time of political upheaval passes a major gun-control act in the wake of several shooting tragedies. that may sound like president obama's plan for the next term, but it actually happened 44 years ago. >> today we begin to disarm the criminals and the careless and the insane. and all of our people who are deeply concerned in this country about law and order should hail this day. and in our democracy, crime control is a community problem, and we would not have it any other way, for the other way would be the police state and all of its tragic consequences. >> joining me now is the director of the lbj presidential library. mark, welcome. glad to have you. >> nice to be here. >> let's talk about president johnson and what led him to pass the gun control act. >> well, there were a number of tragic circumstances throughout the year 1968, among which were the assassinations of mar
in history. a gunman walked into the sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut and opened fire. >> he came late in my life but jesse was my best friend and my buddy, too. my little boy said something the night before to me and he said, dad, this is going to be the best christmas ever. and he was going on about it and i said, jesse, you know, it's -- you know, we'll make it the best we can and i don't have much family so it's kind of a quiet time for me and he made christmas happy for me and joyful and he made it what it was and i said to him, jess, we'll make it the best we can. and the next day this tragedy happened that occurred and i thought to myself, boy, was he wrong about that. >> the ar-15, as we've now seen from the last three mass shootings in america, aurora, oregon and now the sandy hook school is the preferred choice of weapon for disturbed young men who want to commit atrocities. the president of the united states has indicated he wants to ban assault weapons like this. what is your view? >> i think we need to ban gun laws that ban people from protecting themselve
sales. as you might realize, it's spurred on by the school massacre in newtown, connecticut, killed 20 children and 6 adults. murdered his mother and killed himself. speaking yesterday on "meet the press," the president says something has to fundamentally change in this country. that newtown shootings cannot feel like what he called a routine episode. >> that was the worst day of my presidency, and it's not something that i want to see repeated. >> vice president joe biden is leading a task force that will submit legislative proposals to the president in january. >>> also, happy new year, new zealand. auckland. and the start of 2013 with the fireworks display from sky tower, tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere. >> and as auckland rings in the new year, preparation under way in times square. heart of new york city, coming up next. >> and more from washington for you. >> my message to all of washington for the new year is to set partisanship aside, working on behalf of 100% of the voters, fix this mess you have gotten us into, bring a balanced budget and-to-grow th
that are definitely hoping for a flurry of buyers that are hoping to get those post holiday buyers. >>> newtown, connecticut, police department, the entire force got the day off. cops from surrounding towns volunteered to cover their shift. newtown police have been working nonstop since 26 people, including 20 children, were killed over a week ago. >>> a coat just like t-- hat jut like the coach used to wear. what did he find? tickets to the sold out bcs championship game. >> we're going to the game, pop! we're going to the game! >> can't even believe it. pretty good christmas, i would think. it is now 7:16. back over to you, savannah, willie and maria. >> that's a live picture, actually. he's still -- >> that reaction doesn't surprise me at all. that's how big football is, especially alabama. >> tears of joy. >> that's great. >> cap and all. >> he was not that excited about the hat, we can reveal. but the tickets -- there you go. >> we're going to the game, pop! >> put it on a loop. >> how was your christmas? busy for the weather department. >> it was. it really was. widespread severe weather
unbearable in newtown, connecticut, looking at the percent of the victims buried today, the final three of them laid to rest, emilie parker, josephine gray and ana marquez greene, and, three of the girls, and it bears repeating. >> rick: rick leventhal joins us from our new york city newsroom with a fair and balanced look at the gun control debate. >> reporter: the nra chief has taken a lot of heat for his first public comments since the school shooting, that happened yesterday afternoon and he placed blame on hollywood and violent videogame makers for exposing kids to too much bloodshed and making no mention of restricting sales on assault weapons or ammo. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to do what is necessary to put armed police officers in every, single school in this nation and to do it now, to make sure that blanket safety is in place, when our kids return to school in january. >> reporter: a "gallup poll" found 53% agreed with increasing police presence at schools and said it would be effective and a third said what the effective and 12%, not effective and asked if
%. that didn't happen. one of the issues, newtown connecticut and the news cycle that went on there. people started rethinking do i really want to be in a shopping mall right now? do i want to be spending money? i do want to be shopping? it really colored the tone. you are right, typically it works just the opposite. >> people reassessing a lot of their value systems. you and i talked about that earlier. let's consider maybe the flip side. is there a silver lining in any of this for consumers? >> well, obviously black friday now not what it was. but i have got to tell you that the discounts we're going to see after christmas this year are going to be dramatic. >> will they pay us to take it away? >> almost. we're seeing 75%. not unusual at all to get 75% discounts. here are the companies that we are seeing already saying big sales to come. best buy, wal-mart, target, toys r us. across the board you are seeing heavy discounting. bad news for retailers because this is where they make their money in the year. for consumers, maybe consumers who were on a budget this year, this is an opportunity
he said after the newtown massacre. he said if you live through a school shooting, you understand you don't really need these weapons. i don't know why a normal person would need an assault rifle. virginia tech had it's own police force. others did too. we are talking about what you said over and over. this is what the nra wants to do. given the history of there being armed -- all kinds of armed guards at schools where there were shootings, do you think it will really work? >> well, you know, when we call 911, we don't want to disarm security guard showing up to help us. now, there are many different things we can do. that perhaps is appropriate in some situations. i believe new york city schools, many of them, have security officers that are armed. that's not the whole picture. if we focus just on the firearm, we miss the opportunity to address the larger problems here with our mental health system, which is in shambles in this country, and what is really comes down to is money, why are we going to put our priorities, in the mill ear, overseas, or right here with our own people in am
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